India outraged, Baba defiant
June 06, 2011 8:48:17 AM
Vikram Rautela/Sunil Kumar | Haridwar/Jolly Grant
Satyagrah shifts to Haridwar
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has announced that he would continue with his fast at Patanjali Yogapeeth in Haridwar after being returned from UP-Uttarakhand border enroute to Delhi. He announced that he would visit Delhi after the 15-day externment was over. Equating the police raid with the action by the Communist Government at Tiananmen Square in China, Baba told the media here that even the British Government never handled Gandhian protests in the manner that the Manmohan Government had done. He claimed attempts were made to buy him over and he would reveal the details at opportune time.
Reaching Patanjali Yogapeeth at noon on Sunday after the midnight crackdown at his protest site in the national Capital, a visibly shaken yoga guru alleged that there was a conspiracy to kill him. Claiming that he fears for his life, Ramdev said, “If anything happens to me, Sonia and Congress will be responsible for it.”
Attacking Congress president Sonia Gandhi while narrating the Sunday morning’s incident, Ramdev said, “She is running the Government by remote-control. Though she is daughter-in-law of this country, she does not love the citizens of this country. This was proved by the barbarism and atrocities inflicted by the police on innocent people, including a large number of women and children in the early hours of Sunday.”
Ramdev rejected the Government’s charge that he misused the permission given to him for a yoga camp at the ground, saying his agitation was also part of yogic elements. Ramdev accused the Central Government of betraying him and trying to kill him. “They wanted to kidnap me and kill me or make me disappear,” a teary-eyed and sore-throated Ramdev said, while addressing a Press conference in Patanjali Yogapeeth, wearing the same white-coloured woman salwar kameez which he tried to use as a camouflage and escape from the excesses of the Delhi Police.
He also accused the Government and Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal of cheating him. “Kapil Sibal is a liar. He cheated and misled us,” Ramdev said, adding that Acharya Balkrishna was forced to sign the letter about ending the fast by June 6. “They went back on their word to start a physical and technical investigation into the amount of black money stashed abroad because their hands are not clean. In the past few years of Congress rule at the Centre, at least `40 lakh crore of ill-gotten money has been laundered through the Mauritius route,” said Baba.
Calling police action inhuman, Ramdev said, “The atrocities unleashed over one lakh people were inhuman and barbaric. They did not even spare women and children, who were dragged and beaten up right in front of my eyes.”
Ramdev accused the Government of not being serious about discussing issues of corruption and said when he stood his ground a “scheming and cunning” Kapil Sibal cheated him. “He told us that if Anna Hazare shared dais with us the talks with the Government will break down,” said Baba on the pressure which was brought on him by the Government.
Telling that how he tried to escape the “brutalities” at Ramlila Maidan by wearing a white women’s attire, Ramdev at times almost broke into tears as he alleged that he was nearly strangled with his scarf by the policemen. He even showed the swelling on his neck.
Calling June 4 the worst night of his life, Ramdev said, “I get goose bumps, when I think about the incident. The police action on more than one lakh innocent people is a blot on democracy and a black day will be observed across the country on Sunday and Monday against this.” Ramdev also alleged that there was a conspiracy to arrest him and eliminate him in an encounter. “The Government was planning to do another Jallianwala Bagh on Saturday,” he said.
The yoga guru claimed that they were pressurised to give the letter about ending the fast by June 6. “We were told the otherwise we will have to face dire consequences,” he said. Asked about allegations raised against him by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, he termed them as “baseless and irresponsible”. “I am serving the people for the past 20 years. The donations given to me by people is not black money, but the fruit of their labour and hard work. I have maintained account of all these donations,” he said.
On accusations of RSS remote-controlling his agitation, he said his campaign had got support from various quarters, including TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu. “What is the problem if someone supports us? They (Government) should rather answer why all these happened,” he said when persistently asked about Sangh Parivar backing.
Clad in white lady’s outfit, Ramdev was welcomed by his enthusiastic supporters at the Patanjali Yogapeeth with garlands and a shower of rose petals. Ramdev was driven to his ashram after being flown in a special flight from Delhi to the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun. Baba Ramdev was flown here on Sunday from Delhi by a special plane after police swooped down at Ramlila Maidan and tried to break his hunger strike at the Ramlila Maidan in a mid-night operation.
On his arrival at the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, Ramdev, who was alone escorted by a DCP, an ACP and a Sub Inspector of the Delhi Police, was received by Dehradun SP (Rural) GC Dhyani around 11 am. To avoid media interaction, police had brought vehicle inside the airport to receive Baba from the Delhi Police on the tarmac itself.
As they received Baba from their Delhi Police counterpart, Dhyani asked “where should I take you?” To which Baba replied, “I want to go to Patanjali Yogapeeth.” SP Dhyani again asked that the media wanted to talk to him to which Baba said, “I will speak to them in Patanjali.” While coming out of the airport he waived to mediapersons present as his cavalcade of three vehicles sped away to Haridwar.